St. Amand's Adversaria

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. St. Amand 1-35, 36a-c, 37-53, 57-60, 63-70
  • Dates of Creation
      15th-18th century
  • Language of Material
      Modern Greek (1453-), Ancient Greek (to 1453), English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      67 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of James St. Amand. The greater part of the collection consists of notes on classical authors (including Theocritus), letters from foreign scholars and papers connected with the Netherlands.

Administrative / Biographical History

James St. Amand (Jacobus Sanctamandus or Sanctus Amandus) was born in London, 7 April 1687. He matriculated at Oxford as from Hart Hall, 17 March 1703, but on 5 September 1704 entered, as a Gentleman Commoner, at Lincoln College. He left Oxford without taking a degree, and travelled in Italy both at this time, before he was twenty years old, and on subsequent occasions. He died in London on 5 September 1754. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

St. Amand bequeathed his manuscripts and printed books to the Library in 1754.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Full descriptions, in Latin, are in Henry O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853; reprinted with corrections, 1969).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. III, 10725-10786.


The Theocritean collections were used by Thomas Warton for his edition of Theocritus, Oxford 1770.

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